WRA, Silver ~ Menomonee Falls, Lower Level

The objective for this basement remodel was to create a German “rathskeller” themed bar yet make it “non-dungeonous”, and cozy family gathering area.

The project was originally started by the homeowner (who didn’t know building codes), so we had to tear out the wall framing and start over.

When designing this lower level we wanted to have two separate areas, the bar and the fireplace/TV area, yet keep it open concept and un-compartmentalized.

A crown molding accented drywall “tray-ceiling” was installed and allowed us to conceal existing ductwork, yet maintain maximum ceiling height.

A “moose mountain” stone fascia was installed around the new wrought iron gas direct-vent fireplace and on the three load bearing columns. A solid oak mantle is toothed-in and is fastened by blacksmith crafted lag bolts. Rustic knotty oak was hand chosen and a dark stain was installed throughout.

A custom coffered ceiling including a solid arch (with keystone) was constructed mirroring the shape of the bar and suspended three wrought iron pendant lights.

A simplistic shaker oak wainscot carries the theme throughout both sides and matches the rest of the woodwork.

The handcrafted bar and back bar showcase polished granite countertops, a hammered copper bar sink, oil rubbed bronze faucet, and solid sculpted corbels.

A wine cellar was created and has butler-style custom cabinets throughout, including two scissor-style wine racks.

Oversized tile flooring was installed and a dyed Venetian plaster skim coat was applied in the bar area. A separate climate zone was installed to assure complete comfort on this level.

A bathroom was installed, including a matching oak vanity with corbels capped by polished granite, an undermount “Kohler” sink, and oil rubbed bronze faucet. A “Kohler” toilet, full size shower, and oil rubbed bronze fixtures were installed to match. A travertine tile floor laid in a Versailles pattern accents the new bathroom.

A combination of recessed canister lighting, wrought iron fixtures, and xenon lighting illuminate this utopia.

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